Over the course of one year, 1 billion Americans will suffer from the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports that winter is peak cold season.This should come as no surprise when you think about how many people you see sneezing and coughing during the colder months. Fortunately,  you can keep these illnesses at bay and stay healthy with a little effort. Here’s how:

  • Avoid close contact with people who a sick and stay away from others when you feel under the weather.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water to protect against germs.
  • Let plenty of sleep, stay physically active and rink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
  • Manage your stress and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthy grains, fruits, vegetables, and fiber.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean.